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SPIRIT OF AMERICA WORLDWIDE

Patriotism without politics

aka Spirit of America   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.spiritofamerica.org

Mission

Spirit of America’s mission is to engage citizens in preserving the promise of a free and better life. We do this by working alongside troops and diplomats to help them save and improve lives, promote values shared by Americans and our allies, strengthen relationships with allies, friends and partners, and demonstrate that the United States is a friend of those who seek a better life.

Ruling year info

2004

Founder and CEO

Mr. James Hake

Main address

3033 Wilson Boulevard Suite 700

Arlington, VA 22201 USA

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EIN

20-1687786

NTEE code info

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

International Peace and Security (Q40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

“Our government and military can’t do it all alone. They’ll never be flexible enough to bring all America’s strength to bear. That’s why I’m so excited about Spirit of America.” General Stanley McChrystal US Army, Retired

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Middle East

Supports the U.S. counter-extremism effort throughout the Middle East, with an emphasis on providing critical humanitarian assistance to local civilian populations and lifesaving equipment to local partners.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Supports the U.S. counter-extremism efforts in West, North, and East Africa, with an emphasis on providing critical humanitarian and economic assistance to local civilian populations and lifesaving equipment to local partners.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people

Supports the U.S. counter-extremism/crimes effort throughout Latin America, with an emphasis on providing critical humanitarian assistance to local civilian populations and lifesaving equipment to local partners.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Supports U.S. counter-extremism/revisionist state efforts throughout Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on community engagement and institution strengthening.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Supports the U.S. counter-extremism effort throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with an emphasis on providing critical humanitarian assistance to local civilian populations and lifesaving equipment to local partners.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Supports the U.S. counter-extremism effort throughout the Central and Southwest Asia region, with an emphasis on providing critical humanitarian assistance to local civilian populations and lifesaving equipment to local partners.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2015

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2017

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2020

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2021

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2022

Combined Federal Campaign CFC 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donations received per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As of April 2023, Spirit of America has received over 106 million total donations from over 23,000 donors since the organization was founded in 2003.

Number of countries where US personnel are supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since its inception, Spirit of America has supported U.S. efforts in 63 countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Number of projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of April 2024, Spirit of America has undertaken over 1,500 projects to address key local needs in support of U.S. security and stability efforts around the world.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Spirit of America's mission is to support the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help. Our support helps US troops and diplomats improve security and stability, build goodwill, and increase the wellbeing of those most at risk of extremism and conflict.

Broadly speaking, we define success as helping America improve global security, peace, and prosperity. Spirit of America's operational success is based upon the varied objectives of the US personnel we support, the nature of their diverse missions, and the ways in which they seek to help local populations and partners. We also measure our success against the goal of building Spirit of America's capacity to respond whenever and wherever needed to support US missions abroad. Finally, success means institutionalizing Spirit of America in how the US operates abroad. This goal requires us being viewed as an enduring partner by all levels of the military and government as a whole.

To have a tangible impact on US mission success, our field team works alongside US government and military teams to fully understand the complex problem sets they are tackling and the shortfalls in resourcing they face, with the sole purpose of delivering targeted support from the American people and private sector. Our field team brings in outside experts to provide advice on best practices and locally-appropriate solutions.

To ensure we have the capacity to respond wherever and whenever needed, we aggressively pursue funding from a diverse array of donors, from grassroots support to foundations to high net worth individuals, through a combination of social media and web-based outreach, grant proposals, and individualized informational sessions and meetings.
In pursuit of our goal of institutionalizing Spirit of America in how the US operates abroad, we have signed memoranda of agreement/understanding with numerous military commands and we participate in military training programs. Additionally, we socialize our approach with personnel at all levels of the military and civilian components of government both through larger-scale briefings and smaller interactions.

Spirit of America's field operations are conducted by US military veterans, many of whom have extensive experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, and/or other security and stability operations. They are aided in their efforts by Spirit of America's partnership with the Gerson Lehrman Group, a New York based consulting firm with 300,000+ subject matter experts in every field imaginable around the world. On a case by case basis, we also enlist the help of other advisers and partner organizations.

Our CEO takes on a primary fundraising role, supported by both internal administrative staff, who lead social media outreach and grassroots engagements, and our Board of Directors, which provides assistance with foundations and high net worth individuals.

In addition, Spirit of America is aided greatly in both areas by its active boards of directors and advisers. These groups are comprised of high level former military and State Department officials, current and former members of Congress, stability practitioners, businesspeople, and academics, all of whom provide considerable input regarding operations, fundraising, and institutionalization.

To date, Spirit of America has devised and implemented projects in partnership with US government elements working around the globe: from Africa to the Middle East to the Asia Pacific to Latin America to Europe. In doing so, we have established agreements with major military commands, and we have forged strong relationships with bureaus of the State Department. We have proven that our model of support is highly valued and highly effective in the world's most challenging environments.

The question is now one of scale: expanding Spirit of America's field operations and building our capacity to respond whenever and wherever needed to support needs identified by US personnel abroad. SoA is able to scale because we have established a proven model of operation, trusted relationships with all levels of US personnel, and legal approvals and operating agreements with military commands. And, the infrastructure required to scale SoA is in place: thousands of US personnel are already deployed and working on tough security problems. Spirit of America builds on and leverages investments already being made by the US government.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SPIRIT OF AMERICA WORLDWIDE

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Oster

Former CFO, Oracle Corporation

Jim Hake

Spirit of America

Michael Bigham

Paratek Pharmaceuticals

Bob Oster

Oracle Corporation

Fred Khosravi

Imperative Care

John Phelan

MSD Capital, L.P.

Natalie Cryer

The Cambria Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No